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How Often Should Your Pet Receive an Examination?

Regular pet exams are important for your pet's health. Many people are confused as to how often their pet needs them. Many times, you will hear that you should bring your pet in for a pet exam once a year. However, that is not true in every situation. Some pets need more frequent visits, and pets at certain ages may need more attention. At Willow Glen Pet Hospital in San Jose, CA, we can help determine how often your pet needs vet visits. Here are some general guidelines to follow.

Pets Under 1 Year Old

Young animals tend to need more frequent care than older animals. Your cat or dog will need multiple vaccinations and parasite treatments. Spaying and neutering are usually recommended at about four to six months old.

Adult Pets Up to 10 Years Old

Most adult pets only need to visit our veterinarian about once a year. During this time, our veterinarian may give your pet booster vaccinations and perform a thorough physical exam. Stool samples and blood work are also recommended during the yearly exam. Outdoor pets may need extra parasite protection.

Senior Pets Over 10 Years Old

Some older pets need to visit our veterinarian twice a year or more often. Older pets tend to have more health problems. The earlier our team catches these problems, the more likely they can be treated. Our veterinarian may also suggest tests for thyroid and kidney problems, in addition to diabetes testing.

Schedule Your Pet’s Appointment

Veterinary exams help catch problems early and keep your pet in good health for a lifetime. At Willow Glen Pet Hospital in San Jose, CA, we can help your pet with any health issues it has. We offer dermatology, dental, surgery, vaccines, and more. Our goal is to keep your pets happy and healthy. We can answer any questions you have about how often your pet should visit our vets. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call us today.


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